Curse The State
So what the hell is up with the Portland knee injury curse?
Sabonis, Oden, Roy, Camby, and now newly acquired Portland Timbers forward Jose Adolfo Valencia, who will be sidelined for 6-to-12 months following Monday’s knee surgery to have damaged cartilage in his left knee repaired.
“El Trencito” trained with the Timbers just once in January before he bit the dust.
So, what impact will Valencia’s absence have on the Timbers?
Not a lot.
The biggest eye-opener that comes out of all of this was the fact that Valencia was in Portland only on a loan deal, and since being reached in December with Colombia’s Independiente Santa Fe, was rewritten after Valencia’s injury became apparent.
That alone, along with the fact that the rules for Young Designated Players doesn’t go against a team’s salary cap, will give Portland a chance to go out and sign another international DP.
Besides, the Timbers now have a healthy Darlington Nagbe who suffered through an injury-plagued 2011 season, and I expect him to play better and have a bigger impact on the field than Valencia may have had.
Not to mention the fact Valencia probably would have spent most of his time on the sideline behind a very deep Timbers forward corps of Bright Dike, Eddie Johnson, Jorge Perlaza, Brent Richards, and new Scottish Premier League DP Kris Boyd.
So why are Timbers’ fans whining so much about losing Valencia?
It’s not like they don’t have three other Colombians they can watch.